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How do you "see" the world around you ?

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I make no excuses about being somewhat of an "obsessional" person, in that I know what I like, and those likes tend to colour the whole of my life. Just like fishing. What started off on a trout loch in Scotland at the age of seven has become a lifelong obsession that is both work and play for me. And it's no different with photography. I can't help it, but when I look around me I am tending to think about photos, and about how I might commit what I see in front of me to my cameras. Light, light, light. Look at those snow-capped peaks in British Columbia above. In a perfect world I would have had ages to sit there and wait for all kinds of different light to play across such magnificence, but we needed to hike down to the Copper River. I "saw" this photo and took it. Much as it gets to me, it was no more than a quick snap, or a moment in time. But this is how I "saw" that particular moment. Can you imagine what a proper landscape photographer could have done ?

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Light, light, light. Look at the quality of the light in the photo above. It's what it is - my mate Andy whacking out a bass lure as the sun goes down, with plenty of space on the right hand side for two reasons - artistic, and because loads of text could fit there in the event of the photo being used across a couple of pages (DPS or double-truck as it's known in the US). But look at the softness of the sunlight. No burn out on the rocks, no hot spots anywhere from the sun being too harsh. Simple, very easy, working with great light. Anybody can do this kind of stuff, but we all "see" things differently.........breathable chest waders are equally as important to me on both the fishing and the photography front !!

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The west coast of Canada is still about the only place that I have been to where it looks arguably even more dramatic the worse (moodier) the weather gets. We froze our proverbial socks off on this particular day on the Bell Irving River in northern BC, but it just looked outstanding. I am standing right in the middle of this freezing cold river to take this photo, but I am shaking both from the cold and from the sheer excitement at fishing looking this good right in front of me. You have no idea how badly I want to go back to the west coast of Canada, for it's one of the most special places on this earth. Almost everywhere you look you are "seeing" photos, but I am always most comfortable when I am putting anglers and fishing into the frame. Why I am not quite sure, but it gets me going in a huge way, to the point where my photography of fishing has become a complete and utter obsession. Just like with my fishing. I hope you can see why working in fishing is the only real option I have, and I work my socks off partly because it scares the life out of me that if I fail then there ain't much else I can do.............

I have been kind of flat out on a really interesting project recently, to the point where me actually going out fishing has been lacking somewhat. My recent trip to Ireland had been in the diary for ages, and I was "protecting" the dates like mad, but I will admit that I came close to calling it off to keep on with this project. Work is work though, but actually being out fishing with your mates and spending time in a place like Ireland is far too special to miss out on. In due course I will reveal what this project has been about. It's been one hell of an interesting and exciting thing for me to be involved with, and as always, it's been a huge learning curve for me - some things I have done pretty well I reckon, and some things I have made mistakes with.